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Encumbrance in Dragon's Dogma is a measure of how much a character is carrying, and the effect on the character's mobility. Characters who carry way too much become overencumbered.

Overview

Encumbrance Limit SS S M L LL
Very Light <10 kg <10 kg <15 kg <20 kg <20 kg
Light 10 kg 10 kg 15 kg 20 kg 20 kg
Average 20 kg 25 kg 30 kg 40 kg 45 kg
Heavy 30 kg 40 kg 45 kg 55 kg 70 kg
Very Heavy 35 kg 45 kg 55 kg 65 kg 85 kg
Overencumbered >40 kg >50 kg >65 kg >75 kg >100 kg

For a given character there are five levels of encumbrance, each corresponding to a range of carried weights (including weapons and armor). Exceeding the highest encumbrance level results in the character being Overencumbered, which greatly reduces movement speed and prevents any more objects being picked up.

The five levels are Very Light, Light, Average, Heavy, and Very Heavy. Exceeding the 'very heavy' limit results in the character being Overencumbered.

The actual ranges of carryable weight for each encumbrance depends on the character's size, which is determined specifically by Character Weight.  Character Weight has five size classes defined from very small (SS) to very large (LL). The ranges are:

Weight Class SS S M L LL
Range Under 50kg 50-69kg 70-89kg 90-109kg over 110kg

Stamina and Movement

Encumbrance Recovery
Time
Running
Stamina use
Running
Speed
Jogging
Speed
Climbing
Stamina use
Carrying
Stamina use
"Ultra Light" 100% 85% 100% 103% 100% as V. Light
Very Light 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% † (150%)
Light 100% 117% 95% 95% 150% 225%
Average 100% 135% 82% 86% 200% 300%
Heavy 120% 165% 74% 77% 250% 375%
Very Heavy 140% 200% 67% 68% 300% 450%
Overencumbered 140% 200% 67% 68% 300% 450%
Figures relative to very light encumbrance , † Stamina drain is extra low if carrying items 'naked', otherwise it is 50% greater

Encumbrance affects stamina use and regeneration in many cases. From very lightly-encumbered to over-encumbered running time is halved, whilst stamina recovery time increases by a two fifths. Stamina recovery rate for a given character is constant from very light to average encumbrance, and only decreases when the encumbrance becomes heavy or very heavy.

The greatest variations with encumbrance is stamina drain when carrying. Moreover the stamina used doubles when moving froma standing carry to a jog, and doubles again if a human or creature is carried.

Stamina drain also increases greatly with encumbrance when climbing or clinging - tripling from very light to very heavy, and with large increases between each level.

Jogging speed slows as encumbrance increases - the differences between very light and light are minor. If the augment Leg-Strength is equipped movement affected by encumbrance is improved to the level of the next lightest level - if the encumbrance is "very light" then a slightly better "ultra-light" level is attained - though the differences are minor.

Running speed also slows as encumbrance increases, by roughly relatively the same amounts as which jogging is affected.

Augments and Equipment

  • Both Leg-Strength and Sinew can help reduce encumbrance.
  • Trophy Boots increase weight limit by 10kg.
  • Possible bonus enhancement for Bitterblack Armor Lv.3's Leg Armor:
    • "Slightly increases maximum item-carrying capacity.'" (Increases weight limit by 10kg.)
    • "Increases maximum item-carrying capacity.'" (Increases weight limit by 20kg.)

Notes

  • Encumbrance can be the difference between success and failure in difficult jumps, such as those needed for some From A Different Sky quests (ie Badge of Vows 71 and Badge of Vows 95) - as Running speed is faster with low encumbrance, so running jumps travel further distances when lightly loaded..
  • Encumbrance levels are clearly shown for Arisen and Pawns on the inventory menu.
  • Overencumbered characters are not able to undertake any Combining activity, even if the combining would reduce overall weight.
    • The skills Pilfer and Master Thief can still be used to add items to the inventory, even when over encumbered.
  • Though encumbrance affects movement speed for a given character, overall movement speed is affected by leg length, and by extension Character Height.
  • (Minor Bug) The depression of Pressure Plates (such as found in The Ancient Quarry) is dependent on Encumbrance and not Character Weight.(verify)

See also